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Elton John

Elton John

  • Released on 10/04/1970 by EMI
  • Main artist: Elton John
  • Genre: Pop
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Empty Sky was followed by Elton John, a more focused and realized record that deservedly became his first hit. John and Bernie Taupin's songwriting had become more immediate and successful; in particular, John's music had become sharper and more diverse, rescuing Taupin's frequently nebulous lyrics. "Take Me to the Pilot" might not make much sense lyrically, but John had the good sense to ground its willfully cryptic words with a catchy blues-based melody. Next to the increased sense of songcraft, the most noticeable change on Elton John is the addition of Paul Buckmaster's grandiose string arrangements. Buckmaster's orchestrations are never subtle, but they never overwhelm the vocalist, nor do they make the songs schmaltzy. Instead, they fit the ambitions of John and Taupin, as the instant standard "Your Song" illustrates. Even with the strings and choirs that dominate the sound of the album, John manages to rock out on a fair share of the record. Though there are a couple of underdeveloped songs, Elton John remains one of his best records.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Your Song
00:04:04

Barry Morgan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Buckmaster, String Arranger, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, Piano, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer - Frank Clark, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Richmond, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clive Hicks, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

2
I Need You To Turn To
00:02:33

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Taupin, Author - Elton John, Composer, MainArtist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

3
Take Me To The Pilot
00:03:47

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

4
No Shoe Strings On Louise
00:03:32

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

5
First Episode At Hienton
00:04:49

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

6
Sixty Years On (Album Edit)
00:04:36

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer

℗ 1995 This Record Company Ltd.

7
Border Song
00:03:22

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

8
The Greatest Discovery
00:04:13

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

9
The Cage
00:03:31

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

10
The King Must Die
00:05:23

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

11
Bad Side Of The Moon (Single Version)
00:03:15

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

12
Grey Seal
00:03:36

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Davey Johnstone, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Dudgeon, Producer - David Hentschel, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Cooper, Tambourine, AssociatedPerformer - Nigel Olsson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Steve James, Producer - Dee Murray, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

13
Rock And Roll Madonna
00:04:19

Paul Buckmaster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Taupin, ComposerLyricist - Elton John, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gus Dudgeon, Producer

℗ 1970 This Record Company Ltd.

Album Description

Empty Sky was followed by Elton John, a more focused and realized record that deservedly became his first hit. John and Bernie Taupin's songwriting had become more immediate and successful; in particular, John's music had become sharper and more diverse, rescuing Taupin's frequently nebulous lyrics. "Take Me to the Pilot" might not make much sense lyrically, but John had the good sense to ground its willfully cryptic words with a catchy blues-based melody. Next to the increased sense of songcraft, the most noticeable change on Elton John is the addition of Paul Buckmaster's grandiose string arrangements. Buckmaster's orchestrations are never subtle, but they never overwhelm the vocalist, nor do they make the songs schmaltzy. Instead, they fit the ambitions of John and Taupin, as the instant standard "Your Song" illustrates. Even with the strings and choirs that dominate the sound of the album, John manages to rock out on a fair share of the record. Though there are a couple of underdeveloped songs, Elton John remains one of his best records.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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